Alex is our son, diagnosed with autism and severe self-injurious behaviors (sibbing). He was placed in a group home over two years ago because of behaviors much like these. We found that no traditional medications helped without completely knocking him out. He's been on Haldol, Ativan, Valium, Zolaft, Risperdal, Naltrexone, Amitriptyline, and many others.
Cannabis (medical "marijuana") has been able to make a big difference on several occasions, though it seems to work best when he's on the verge of behaviors. Once he's in full-swing, absolutely nothing short of chemical sedation helps.
It is our belief that regular, small doses of cannabis could at least reduce the intensity of these episodes. Prohibition of cannabis, however, makes it impossible to get his group home to dose him, not to mention we have no idea what strains are best, what dosing would work, what form would be the most effective, etc. Prohibition doesn't curb use or abuse, but it does take away what might be the only medication in existence that we haven't been able to properly try out. It also inhibits research into how cannabis might be able to help children (and adults) in Alex's situation, because the federal government is so unwilling to permit serious, in-depth, whole-plant experimentation and study.
We no longer believe anything short of full legalization will matter, because the federal government refuses to take medical cannabis seriously, and refuses to reschedule it or even discuss it. We hope states start to legalize and force a showdown with the federal government, because it's time science became a part of the government's mockery of a discussion.
Read more about Alex's story at alexneedshelp.com
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